There’s a lot of talk about this stimulus package going on – some of it ‘for reals’ and some of it is hot air.
I question the intentions of everyone. Everyone has an agenda. Some want to kill the stimulus just to show that they (Republicans) aren’t dead yet. Others genuinely oppose such huge government spending. Others really want pork. Others genuinely view this as a way to prop up our economy and create jobs.
Obama just signed his first proclamations as President, most notably on transparency expected from his administration.
More interesting though was the moment that happened immediately afterward, when VP Biden was asked to administer the oath to the senior staff members who were assembled. Biden wasn’t expecting to give the oath, and so in a moment of cover and panic, made a crack that “he didn’t have as good a memory as Justice Roberts” and would need a copy of the oath to read.
When Biden made that comment, Obama visibly bristled and frowned. This is the exact kind of classless politics he has renounced for the past 2 years on the campaign trail – and now he has a poster child of such politics on his right hand.
Lucky guy, huh.
I’m thrilled about Obama’s reaction though. It shows me he actually believes what he was saying, and is actually committed to a more civil dialogue in Washington. Then again, it just might be a sign that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, and even the highest levels have yet to buy into his vision.
I’m still not sure who I’ll be pressing the button for tomorrow, Obama and McCain both present positions that are untenable in my opinion. Neither of them represent my core values and beliefs on the role of government. I can’t even pull a “lesser of two evils” as I did in 2004, because these guys are so off-their-rocker that it’s just sad!
It’s not like it matters much, though. I live in the state of Texas, which will send all its electoral votes for McCain, no questions asked. Most of you who read my blog are from either Texas or Utah, which both enjoy a stranglehold by the Republican party in Presidential politics. So whoever I vote for would be a vote of conscience, without much real meaning.
I’m officially sick of politics and completely over this upcoming election.
What I’m most sick of right now is the “politics of fear” that iEveryone (you know, everyone’s internet-based alter-ego) is completely wrapped up in.
What do I mean by politics of fear?
I have friends on all sides of the political arena, and I get about 5-10 emails or facebook messages a day from them saying “I’m just scared of what <insert other guy’s name here> will do to our country. And here’s why…” followed by lies, rumors, speculations, and unsubstantiated drivel!
Joe Biden was the right choice for Obama. I liked him in the Democrat’s primary race. He lends experience and gravitas to the Obama ticket, while not overshadowing the top of the ticket (like Hillary would have done). Now that this is done and the hand wringing is over, it is clearly the right decision.
The question still remains, though: Can two waste-of-skin Democrat senators actually succeed at the top two executive positions of the biggest enterprise in the world? I’m still not convinced.
Thank you to all those who contacted me regarding yesterday’s post, and who offered their passionate support for their candidate of choice. No one actually offered cash though, so I was resigned to making up my own mind on this…